Almost 9,000 Sunderland AFC supporters will make their way to Manchester on Wednesday for the Capital One Cup semi final second leg tie at Old Trafford.
Sunderland AFC is providing free buses for its supporters, with a fleet of coaches departing from the Stadium of Light on Wednesday afternoon.
Supporters are asked to arrive at the stadium no later than 1:30pm to board the buses - places must have been pre-booked. Supporters travelling on the buses are advised that due to the number of coaches, there will be no car parking available at the stadium on the day.
The Stadium of Light east stand concourse will be open from 12:30pm until 2:00pm, serving hot and cold drinks, food and special ‘meal deal' grab bags, featuring a hot or cold drink, pie or pasty, crisps and chocolate bar for just £5.
SAFC stewards will accompany each bus to and from the journey to Old Trafford. The club has arranged a designated parking area for the buses at Old Trafford and supporters should make their way back to the buses immediately after the end of the game. All buses will be numbered and supporters should return on the same bus that they arrived on.
Supporters are asked to arrive at the stadium for boarding no later than 1:30pm. All buses will be located in the GREEN car park, adjacent to the ticket office/Black Cat House.
Supporters must be in possession of a valid match ticket and a travel voucher in order to board the buses (see further information below).
· Alcohol is strictly forbidden on board buses.
· Any supporter under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
It's a cracking offer and gesture from the club given the way Manchester United have essentially robbed Sunderland fans over ticket prices. We'd obviously advise as many fans as possible to take up the offer - and the subsequent one for derby transport - as a safe, convenient and cost-effective way to get to and from the game.
However you intend to travel, though, have fun and sing your hearts out.